Ford's First Performance-Enhanced SUV Joins the Lineup — Edge ST

In recent years, Ford has rolled out a variety of performance variants on the passenger auto side, such as the tire squealing Focus ST. Instead of producing 235kW and 475Nm in the regular US-spec model, the Edge ST kicks out an impressive 264kW and 515Nm.

The ST treatment for the mid-size crossover comes as part of a makeover for the mid-size crossover and Ford's $7 billion re-allocation of resources from sedans to the SUVs.

Prices haven't been released yet, but Ford expects the new Edge to be in United Kingdom dealers in a year, so expect to see it early in 2019. That includes five more horsepower for the standard 2.0-liter EcoBoost and a new eight-speed automatic to replace the old six-speed.

"Edge ST puts a new animal on the road - a performance SUV with a track mentality", said Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president of Product Development and Purchasing.

And in the Edge Sport, it provided 315 horsepower. It is also mated to the eight-speed automatic, but the transmission gets a special tune and different gear ratios. An optional performance e-brake package with 345 mm vented rear rotors and red-painted calipers is optional on the ST as well. Wider 21-inch wheels are available and can be wrapped with Pirelli P Zero tires.

The heart of the 2019 Ford Edge ST is the uniquely-tuned, 2.7L EcoBoost V6.

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The new Edge - including all-new Edge ST - is Ford's smartest SUV ever, and every model comes standard with more driver-assist technology than any other midsize SUV.

The new 2019 Ford Edge is slated to arrive in dealerships this coming summer. "This thing is invigorating". It's been unveiled by Ford US ahead of its Detroit motor show debut, and we have some details.

For those eating this crossover's dust, the new liftgate complete with gloss black and chrome accents as well as dual-exhaust openings could be considered consolation. There's a unique fascia-mounted, bead-blasted exhaust. The Edge ST gets a unique logo on it liftgate and sill plates, too. In this mode the vehicle will have optimal engine and transmission performance.

In contrast, the Edge ST gets true performance hardware starting with a 335-hp, 380-lb. -ft. The updated Edge line will also have post-collision braking, a technology that prevents the vehicle from moving after a collision, reducing the potential for a secondary crash. An embedded modem will provide WiFi to up to 10 devices and can stay connected to around 50 feet away.

Of course, the 2019 Edge will be fitted with all the latest connectivity and driver assistance technology. The new model will likely cost at least a few thousand more, but nothing is confirmed for now.

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